Jack Gantos





Jack Gantos

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in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, The United States
July 02, 1951

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Jack Gantos is an American author of children's books renowned for his portrayal of fictional Joey Pigza, a boy with ADHD. Gantos has won a number of awards, including the Newbery Honor, the Printz Honor, and the Sibert Honor from the American Library Association, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. His newest book, The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006), deals with twins, eugenics, taxidermy (in particular, human taxidermy), and implicit incest.

Gantos was born in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania to son of construction superintendent John Gantos and banker Elizabeth (Weaver) Gantos. The seeds for Jack Gantos' writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister's diary and decided he could write better than sh
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Average rating: 3.72 · 35,162 ratings · 5,310 reviews · 58 distinct works · Similar authors
Dead End in Norvelt
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 12,308 ratings — published 2011 — 16 editions
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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Ke...
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 9,172 ratings — published 1998 — 30 editions
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Hole in My Life
3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 4,146 ratings — published 2002 — 15 editions
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Joey Pigza Loses Control (J...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 3,325 ratings — published 2000 — 33 editions
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From Norvelt to Nowhere
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What Would Joey Do? (Joey P...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 653 ratings — published 2002 — 23 editions
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I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey P...
3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 544 ratings — published 2007 — 13 editions
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The Love Curse of the Rumba...
3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 618 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
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Heads or Tails: Stories fro...
3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1994 — 3 editions
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“Someone once said anyone can be great under rosy circumstances, but the true test of character is measured by how well a person makes decisions during difficult times.”
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

“Since I was trying so hard to make books lead my life, I didn’t want to read them and then just put them back on the shelf and say, “good book,” as if I was patting a good dog. I wanted books to change me, and I wanted to write books that would change others.”
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

“Each time I read a book, I cataloged the parts that struck me dumb with envy and admiration for their beauty and power and truth.”
Jack Gantos, Hole in My Life

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